Has anyone noticed the recent influx of crossovers?:

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1 Rinsankajugin18th Dec 2013 12:02:37 PM from XT, Oinotna Nas , Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Aside from obvious ones like Super Smash Bros., there's been a ton of new crossovers that have come out or are coming out. Some I can name off the top of my head are:

And a few others I can't remember. Anyone wondering why so many crossover video games?

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2 Odd118th Dec 2013 12:03:28 PM from Nowhere Land , Relationship Status: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
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3 Halberdier1718th Dec 2013 12:07:46 PM from Western Pennsylvania , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
They also have from a few last year Pokemon Conquest (Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition).

They also have announced Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Hyrule Warriors. The last one might not be a crossover we don't know but it looks to be Zelda with the gameplay of Tecmo-Koei's Warriors series.
4 Alucard18th Dec 2013 12:13:23 PM from Vancouver, BC , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Because most of the publishers have become old and successful enough to rely on their legacy as a gimmick.

And it's not that new a concept either: Ehrgeiz and DreamMix TV World Fighters go back to 1998 and 2003 respectively. Soulcalibur II invited 3 console-exclusive guest fighters as far back as 2002. The King of Fighters goes all the way back to 1994. Besides Smash and Capcom vs. Whatever, I'm probably missing a few.

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5 Customer18th Dec 2013 12:33:40 PM from GA , Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Yes they've always existed, especially when one is looking at Japanese games (which nearly all of those are), where crossovers occur more often. Many developers/designers/writers like to pay homages/respect to anything that influenced their current works or their hobbies and I think in Japan, it's a lot easier for them to come together to pull that out. It usually helps grant exposure of the new and old to a wide variety of audiences as well.
6 Honeydance18th Dec 2013 12:37:32 PM from 99th Precinct , Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
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7 Rinsankajugin18th Dec 2013 01:31:42 PM from XT, Oinotna Nas , Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Well I know these crossovers have always existed, but it seems they've been coming hardcore this year. Usually only one or two crossovers happen a year, but this is quite the handful!
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8 Ekuran18th Dec 2013 05:10:50 PM from somewhere. , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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You're most likely just noticing them more now.
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9 Trip18th Dec 2013 05:11:45 PM from still in a dream , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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you sound as if more crossovers are a bad thing
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10 IndirectActiveTransport19th Dec 2013 08:10:07 AM from Chicago , Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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Not crossovers so much as I have noticed the number of games bending over backwards to have internal crossovers that really should not be possible.

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 with their world tournament where no one from the old games has aged a day, all the more annoying because Game Freak specifically said no old characters like Oak would be appearing that generation.

Fire Emblem Awakening, which saw fit to include something from every previous Fire Emblem game, time and distance be damned.

Sonic generations is pretty self explanatory but it still must be noted Super Mario Galaxy used the 3D-2D dynamic already without the crossover gimmick added in.

Thing is, I am not just noticing it in video games. The Digimon Xros Wars manga comic just acted as if everything had happened in the same world forever, in complete defiance of all prior continuity.
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11 Odd119th Dec 2013 08:20:50 AM from Nowhere Land , Relationship Status: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
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Those aren't really crossovers so much as they are call backs and mythology gags.
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12 Grounder19th Dec 2013 08:35:47 AM , Relationship Status: All is for my lord
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13 IndirectActiveTransport19th Dec 2013 01:56:27 PM from Chicago , Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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Maybe not but is still a trend I have been noticing since 2010 or so. A real headache was Street Fighter IV, which despite being a prequel to Street Fighter III saw fit to include half of three's roster with no explanation whatsoever. No retcons, expansion pack pasts or anything.

Admittedly, the new tended to be SNK ripoffs (C-Viper) or rehashes of older Street Fighters (Able) so seeing Capcom break its own plot for the sake of cheap fan service did not leave the nasty taste in my mouth that kind of thing usually does. Similarly, the Hyrule Historia's (sloppy) attempt to convince us all these games that clearly do not fit in a workable timeline actually do was not so annoying simply because Nintendo had been making (sloppy)attempts to convince us since 2001.

You know what, they may not be crossovers in the strictest sense but the content thrown together is so displaced they might as well be.
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14 RocketDude19th Dec 2013 03:07:49 PM from AZ, United States
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Oh, yeah, apparently there's going to be a Dynasty Warriors crossover with Legend of Zelda, to be called Hyrule Musou.

And Koei Tecmo apparently wants to do a crossover, too.

Actually, speaking of Musou games, we are getting a new Gundam Musou game, so...
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15 Rinsankajugin19th Dec 2013 05:32:42 PM from XT, Oinotna Nas , Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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@Trip: Oh hell no, I love crossovers! I just find it odd of all of them coming at once.
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16 Demongodofchaos219th Dec 2013 05:37:45 PM from Reality , Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
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17 TargetmasterJoe19th Dec 2013 07:42:07 PM from The City, USA , Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
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Holy ravioli! There's a Tetris and Puyo Pop crossover game? I hope we Americans get to try that out. If I'm not mistaken, this Puyo Pop thing has been around for ages in Japan, but not so much in the USA. (Why's that?)

But maybe crossing over with something as big as Tetris might help bring this to the shores of America?
18 Funden19th Dec 2013 07:56:07 PM from the maintenance tunnels , Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
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I'd like to point out that Sonic All Stars Racing also has the Pyro from Team Fortress 2.

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19 Trip19th Dec 2013 08:05:00 PM from still in a dream , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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JUST Pyro? It also had Spy and Heavy (who shared a character slot with Pyro), Wreck-It Ralph, and Simon Lane
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20 Mukora19th Dec 2013 08:44:34 PM from a place , Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
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21 Watchtower19th Dec 2013 08:48:30 PM from Beyond Thunderdome , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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I do kinda think people have a bit of crossover fever nowadays, and I'm seeing it extend beyond video games. Avengers, anyone?

....Not that I mind, of course. I'm a massive crossover junkie, so I'm loving it.

edited 19th Dec '13 8:49:10 PM by Watchtower

22 Mukora19th Dec 2013 08:53:19 PM from a place , Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
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You realize Avengers has existed for a very long while, yeah?
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23 Funden19th Dec 2013 09:16:08 PM from the maintenance tunnels , Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
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I forgot that the spy/heavy were in there, tbh.

Mostly because WHO CARES WE HAVE PYRO.
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24 TamH7019th Dec 2013 09:29:06 PM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
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25 Rinsankajugin19th Dec 2013 09:31:37 PM from XT, Oinotna Nas , Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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[up] Well, there was that Tomy (Hasbro JP)/Konami/Hudson crossover fighter a decade ago. I forget it's name though...

edited 19th Dec '13 9:32:01 PM by Rinsankajugin

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